Maniac Cop Series Ordered @ HBO


It really has been a long time coming. Not only are we going to witness the rebirth of Maniac Cop but the 80’s cult classic is being made into a series with Nicolas Winding Refn and John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration) attached to direct.

The original 1988 horror starred Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell & Laurene Landon. written by Larry Cohen and directed by William Lustig. It spawned two sequels; Maniac Cop 2 (1990) and the epically named Maniac Cop 3: Badge Of Silence (1993). The original was great to watch back in the day and I do think of it as a classic. But like a lot of other old flicks, just didn’t stand the test of time. As for the two sequels…well, let’s just not go there.

I have published articles throughout the years every time there was a mention of this remake. The one thing that stuck is that Drive writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn was always attached in some way or another.

And now, years later, the story now has enough material to make a series. And what better production company to bring this to life than HBO.

From An Interview With DEADLINE

‘We’ve been talking about a re-imagining of the Maniac Cop films for a number of years, but as we continued to work on the material, we found ourselves wanting to explore the world we were creating in greater depth. Turning Maniac Cop into a series will allow us to realize our wildest ambitions and to reach an enormous audience through partners HBO and Canal+. This show will be an unadulterated, action-packed horror odyssey. Given the current state of the world, though, Maniac Cop will also be a strong commentary on the decline of civilization.”

I will look forward to hearing more updates. When I know, you guys will. As always, thanks for reading.

Words by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker


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